Last updated: 8 february, 2010 - 16:29 GMT

Why 600m Indians lack access to proper toilets

Dharavi slums in India

To many Indians, a proper toilet remains a dream

India may boast a space programme, but more than half a billion Indians still lack a proper space for essential sanitation - a proper toilet.

Because of this, many local people have no choice but to relieve themselves in the open.

If the country is to come close to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals, it will have to build hundreds of thousands of toilets every month for the next five years.

Chris Morris reports from Delhi.

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First broadcast 08 February 2010

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